The Rundown 2013: Foreign Language Film

For our second Rundown article, we look at the films that received only one Oscar nomination overall. After the jump, you’ll find our winner and runner-up predictions for Best Foreign Language Film as well as general commentary about the race. Tomorrow, we’ll cover two categories where feature length isn’t an option.

Best Foreign Language Film

Winner Predictions

  • The Broken Circle Breakdown
  • The Great Beauty (WL R) [New] (PP O)
  • The Hunt (TB R) [New]
  • The Missing Picture
  • Omar

Runner-Up Predictions

  • The Great Beauty (TB R) [New]
  • The Hunt (WL R) [New] (PP O)

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Wesley Lovell: Any one of these pictures could win the award, only because we have no idea how the entire Academy getting DVD screeners will affect the voting. Conventional wisdom, however, says that the two films that earned the most effusive praise during the precursor season should be out from. The Great Beauty and The Hunt are those two films. The Great Beauty is said to conjure images of Fellini, which may help it with history-minded voters. The Hunt is a bit more accessible, though has been attacked for its familiar storyline. In the old Academy, I wouldn’t guess against The Hunt, but Italy could easily take this one and I think it’s currently running lead.
Peter J. Patrick: I expect the critically lauded Italian film, The Great Beauty to win this one, but the Academy has often been fickle with this category in the past making it impossible for anyone to be certain about their predictions here.
Tripp Burton: The common belief seems to be that this is a race between the films from Denmark and Italy, and I agree. They are the two highest profile nominees here in America, and are the only two to get a release here during the 2013 calendar year. In the end, I think the more accessible The Hunt will win out (in a win that reminds me a lot of 2009’s The Secret in Their Eyes), but it could be a down to the wire fight.


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Appears on Two Lists

Wesley Lovell Peter Patrick Tripp Burton
(New) = New Prediction
(O) = Original, Post-Nomination Prediction
(R) = Rundown Series Prediction

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  1. Personal Pick: The Hunt (as there’s no La Vie D’Adéle nominated)

    My Prediction: I don’t have a clue, I guess The Great Beauty will win because of the buzz, pero honestly, it’s a Fellinesque film without the real Fellini touch, and that’s a big letdown

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